John 7:37 Are You Thirsty?

On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.” John 7:37

One of the things a person cannot live without is water, especially on a hot day. People need water to survive. They cannot go more than a few days without having any water at all.

When a person gets thirsty, he desires to have that thirst quenched with a glass of nice, cold water. Yet, even warm water will meet the need of extreme thirst.

While at a festival, Jesus called out to the people for anyone who was thirsty to come and drink from Him.

Even though drinking water can be deeply satisfying at times, it is only temporary and one will be thirsty again very soon. Water satisfies a temporary physical thirst.

Many people are thirsting for more of something in this life. They are seeking purpose and meaning to life. They desire comfort and strength for living. The things and ways of this fallen world will bring some of this for a short time. Sin always brings pleasure, but only for a moment. In the end it brings about death.

Those who go to Jesus and drink in His teaching, love, grace, mercy, and salvation, have their eternal thirst met. This is a thirst of the soul, that the things and ways of this world cannot meet or quench.

Instead of seeking relief from pain and suffering in the things of this world, one needs to look to Jesus. He must drink in the teaching Jesus taught. Once a person drinks in the Holy Spirit that Jesus gives, he will know eternal peace, comfort, strength and life.

Jesus brings eternal life to a person, not a temporary feeling.

There will be times you are thirsty for more. While it easy to cover up that thirst with the things of this world, they will not fully satisfy for long.

Get into God’s word and drink in what He has to say. Drink in the Holy Spirit that Jesus offers. Drink in the refreshing forgiveness given to you. Begin to know the eternal life God has for you starting today.

As you begin to drink in what God offers, you will begin to know satisfaction, peace and strength beyond anything that this world has to offer. Are you drinking today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will drink in God’s Holy Spirit sent to you; that you will take in the forgiveness Jesus offers you; and that you will know the eternal satisfaction in following Jesus.

John 6:27 What Are You Working For?

Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father as placed his seal of approval. John 6:27

Every day millions of people go to work around the world. Their goal in working is to provide the need or desired money. This money is desired to have in order to get the food they eat, clothes they wear and toys they want.

Some have very simple tastes in what they want, so don’t work that much. Others are willing to put in extreme hours to get high-dollar items.

Shortly after feeding about 5,000 people, the people found Jesus again. He tells them not to work for food that spoils, but for food that will last for eternity.

While every person needs food, clothing and shelter, these things are not the most important things in life. All of these things are very temporary. Shortly after eating food, a person needs more. Clothes wear out after a short time. Housing will eventually fall apart. None of them last for eternity.

The only thing that lasts for eternity is the souls of men. Although Jesus fed and healed thousands of people, when He walked on the earth, that was not His primary focus. His focus of work was to do God’s will to save the souls of people.

Over the centuries God has not changed that focus of work. Every believer has a commission to preach the gospel message and make disciples. They are to be working for God at reaching the lost, focusing on what is eternal.

God gave His seal of approval upon Jesus because He was doing His will. God will also put His seal of approval on every believer who is doing His will.

As you go through your days, ask yourself what is your focus or goal. It is easy to get caught up in the day-to-day living for temporary things.

Ask God what work you can do that will have an eternal impact. Then be willing to do what God places before you. Don’t allow yourself to be focused on the temporal dead things of this earth.

Aim for the things that will last for eternity–the souls of men and women. Put all your efforts in being His witness and making disciples as you work for the needed food, clothing and shelter.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the work God has for you to do; that you will be His witness; that you will make disciples for Jesus; and that your work will see eternal results for God.

Mark 10:21 Lacking One Thing

Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Mark 10:21

It is the desire of many to have great wealth, treasures, along with long life. The golden dream is to have it all with eternal life.

People are willing to go to extreme lengths to get these things. For most people, most often wealth is just out of reach and eternal life is impossible to have on their own working. Yet people still seek both.

A wealthy man asked Jesus how to have eternal life. After saying that he followed the basic ten commandments, Jesus told him he still lacked one thing–to follow Him.

All the religions, that are man-made, have many rules on what to do or not do so that one might gain eternal life after death. People desire to earn their own way to eternal life.

This type of thinking is also common inside the church. Many are going to church, reading the bible, following the ten commandments, giving to the poor, but they are still lacking one thing–they are not following Jesus. These things are done to look good or to earn their way into heaven.

Following Jesus means one will give up his past and own ways of doing things. His focus will be to worship God, to be a witness for Jesus and to make and disciple new believers.

Jesus was all about building God’s kingdom. Too many believers focus on self, rather than upon God’s kingdom. They are not really following Jesus, except in word. Saying one is following Jesus is not the same as actually following Him and doing what He is doing and wants done.

Ask yourself what are you doing to gain eternal life?

Do not give up going to church, reading your bible and worshipping God. If fact, continue to do so even more. But, you must also make sure you are following Jesus. Do what Jesus would do, say what Jesus would say, go where Jesus would go, and be like Him in every area of your life.

As you give up your past and own life to God, He will give you an abundant life that will extend into eternal life.

Are you still lacking one thing? Then get it.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will follow Jesus with all of your life; that you will lack nothing in follow God; and that you will do God’s work on this earth.